There are many different types of orthodontic emergencies that can occur during the course of orthodontic care. At our Woodside orthodontic office, Rekha Gehani, DDS, patients are able to receive treatment for orthodontic emergencies as well as some other traditional emergency dental problems.
Our expert orthodontist at our Woodside orthodontic office is Dr. Rekha C. Gehani. At our practice we are able to treat patients with dental emergencies, and suggest that you have your child or the adult patient brought to our dental office as soon as possible after a dental emergency occurs. There are certain types of dental emergencies that are related specifically to orthodontic care, and we are able to provide emergency treatment of these as well. If a tooth is knocked out, or comes out, you will want to call us immediately and let us know what happened. Our office staff will be able to provide you with the correct way to transport the tooth. It is important that the tooth is correctly transported to our office so it is most likely able to be implanted back into the patient’s mouth.
If a tooth is broken, you will want to clean the injured area and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. Save the tip of the tooth in the event that it can be reattached by our dentist. If a part of an orthodontic appliance is swallowed or aspirated, you can try to remove the piece if you can see it — if this can be done without harming the patient. You will want to encourage the patient to remain calm. If you are not sure if the piece has been swallowed or breathed in, you will want to call 911 and our orthodontist immediately. The patient should have an immediate x-ray to determine the location of the missing piece. If a bracket is knocked off, or moves along the wire, it is most likely that the adhesive has given way. Our orthodontist will let you know the best action to take. However, if there is no pain, the situation can probably wait until the patient can be seen at a regular Woodside Orthodontic office appointment. If arch wire is poking through the back of the mouth you may want to try to put wax over the area. You will definitely want to call our orthodontist for an appointment to have it clipped. If a ligature wire is poking the patient’s lip or cheek, you will want to contact our orthodontist for an appointment as well. Loose brackets, wires or bands can also occur. In these cases, our orthodontist should be contacted to determine what best to do in this situation.